Oskar Diethelm Library

Oskar Diethelm Library

DeWitt Wallace Institute of Psychiatry: History, Policy and the Arts
Weill Cornell Medical College
525 East 68th Street, Box 140
New York, NY 10065, United States
212-746-3728
Founded in 1936, the Oskar Diethelm Library houses, preserves, and provides access to printed books and serials, archives and manuscripts, photographs, prints, sound and video recordings, and other ephemera and is part of Weill Cornell Medical College's DeWitt Wallace Institute of Psychiatry: History, Policy, & the Arts. The library’s rare book collection contains approximately 35,000 titles dating back to the 15th century dealing with psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, mesmerism, spiritualism, phrenology, witchcraft and related topics. World-renowned individuals and organizations are also represented in the approximately 1500 linear feet of archives, including Donald W. Winnicott, Thomas Salmon, and the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Recently added Collections

Channing Sanitarium Records, 1879-1900

This collection contains 11 volumes of clinical case notes from Walter Channing and the Channing Sanitarium in Brookline, Massachusetts from 1879 to 1900. The collection has one series: clinical case notes volumes.
Collection ID: 1998.0001

National Coué Institute Records, 1922-1955

This collection contains records from the National Coué Institute. The collection has two series: Audiovisual Materials and Administrative Files.
Collection ID: 1998.0001

Cheiron Society Records, 1980 - 1982

This collection dates from 1980-1982 and consists of material distributed at annual meetings, including copies of papers presented at the meetings, programs, lists of meetings participants, and registration and general information for the attendees. The collection has no series and needs to be reprocessed.
Collection ID: 1982.0001

Jacques Quen MD Papers, 1961 - 1989

This collection contains the papers of Jacques Quen, who was a historian of psychiatry and active with Cheiron, the International Society for the History of the Behavioral and Social Sciences. The collection has no series and needs to be reprocessed.
Collection ID: 1985.0001

Franz Alexander MD Papers, 1901 - 1986, bulk 1930 - 1964

This collection contains the papers of Franz Alexander, a renowned Hungarian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who is often described as one of the founders of psychosomatic medicine for his work in identifying emotional tension as a cause of physical illness and was also known for using psychoanalytic theories to study criminal behavior. The collection has 6 series: Franz Alexander Correspondence (1927-1986), Franz Alexander General Files (1931-1981), Franz Alexander Miscellaneous and Personal Files (1901-1956), Anita Alexander Files (1932-1964), Reprints and Publications (1925-1961), and Photographs (1927-1964).
Collection ID: 2014.0001

William Russell MD Papers, 1904 - 1950

Nearly the entire collection relates to the institutional history Dr. William Russell wrote in 1945 entitled The New York Hospital: A History of the Psychiatric Service 1771-1936. The collection has no series and needs to be reprocessed.
Collection ID: FIC1989.0001

John Millet MD Papers, 1928/1976

This collection contains the papers of John Millet, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who researched allergic disturbances, peripheral vascular disorders, and psychosomatic medicine. The collection has no series and needs to be reprocessed.
Collection ID: 1986.0001

Neuron Club Records, 1925 - 2000

This collection contains the records of the Neuron Club, including club history and bylaws, correspondence, financial documents, membership documents, and minutes dating from 1925-2000. The collection has 9 series: Club History and Bylaws (1925-1993), Attendance Record (1975-2000), Club Dues (1968-1983), Membership (1925-1978), Officers and Committees (1968-1975), Correspondence (1927-1997), Financials (1974-1994), Meeting Locations (1951-1989), and Minutes (1938-2000).
Collection ID: 2003.0001

Smith Ely Jelliffe MD Papers, 1890-1891, c. 1975

The Jelliffe Papers consist of biographical information and letters written by Jelliffe to Helena Dewey Leeming during a year’s journey to Europe in 1890-1891. The collection has no series and needs to be reprocessed.
Collection ID: 1975.0001

American Foundation for Mental Hygiene Records, 1953/1981

This collection contains records from the American Foundation for Mental Hygiene. The collection has no series and needs to be reprocessed.
Collection ID: 1982.0001